Report Card: Manny Harris

Dylan Burkhardt

Previously: Stu Douglass (B-), Zack Novak (B), Laval Lucas-Perry (C)
Manny celebrates against Purdue

106.9 31.8% 32.9 16.9 6.8 4.4 47.5% 32.7%

The Good

  • Scoring
    Manny uses a lot of possessions, 31.8%, but he is still surprisingly efficient with a rating of 106.9. This is a vast improvement from last year when he posted an offensive rating of only 94.8. Only Manny Harris and Evan Turner used more than 28% of their teams’ possessions and their ratings were very close. Manny isn’t a shooter either, he’s just a scorer. He knows how to get to the line, he draws the most fouls per 40 minutes in the conference, and he just knows how to score.
  • Rebounding
    Manny Harris become a force on the glass this year. It was clear that we were going to struggle on the glass without Ekpe, and Manny stepped up and increased his rebounded average by over 2 and a half boards per game. I would say without hesitation that he is the best rebounder on the team and he should only get better with his sheer athletic ability.
  • Creating
    This is another area where Manny made huge progress in his sophomore campaign. Last year he was a scorer and nothing more. This year he learned how valuable he can be when he distributes the ball. Averaging almost two more assists per game (2.7 to 4.4) and doubling his assist to turnover ratio (0.7 to 1.4) it became clear that Manny has the ability to set up his teammates. It is one thing to score the ball but it’s another to make the team better even when your shot isn’t falling.

The Bad

  • Shot Selection
    There are still times when Manny leaves fans scratching their heads. He is plagued by mini bouts of frustration that lead to poor decision making. His shot has improved dramatically since his high school days but when he shoots pull-up threes out of the flow of the offense it’s enough to make me scream. Learning what is a good shot, when to pass, or when to drive is a process and I have no doubt that Manny will continue to improve in this aspect but this is definitely the next step. Of course it also must be mentioned that some of Michigan’s biggest wins came because those threes were falling.
  • Ball Handling
    The turnovers are still frustrating. Manny has the ball in his hands extensively so some turnovers are to be expected but there is definitely room for improvement. His dribbling is still a bit high and if he wants to be an NBA two-guard he’s going to have to continue to improve here.
  • Mid-Range
    When Manny drives the lane it’s essentially an all or nothing proposition — he’s going to take it all the way to the hole or kick it out. Developing a pull-up jumper would prevent defenses from packing the lane and cheating on the defensive side of the ball. This is never going to be Manny’s bread and butter but the threat of the pull-up jumper will go a long ways toward keeping defenses honest.
Manny and Coach Beilein

The Future

Manny improved in essentially every statistical category on the board between his freshman and sophomore years. It might be unfair to expect the same but with his ability it’s hard to expect anything less. With a little more depth I wouldn’t be surprised to see his scoring average drop a bit but he needs to continue to improve with his shooting, efficiency, and ball handling.

Manny’s role should remain about the same. I think the move to the wing did him good and that is definitely his natural college position. Adding more shooters and a point guard to the roster should help alleviate some of the pressure put on Harris as well.

Big Ten Player of the Year is certainly not out of the question for next season if Manny continues to improve. I also want to see him get a triple double, the closest he has come is 26-10-8.


Shining Moments

  • Clemson – 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 7 of 15 (3-6 3pt) shooting
    There were no season highs or anything that remarkable statistically but this was a night when Manny brought his ‘A’ game. When the three ball is falling Manny is almost impossible to guard and that was the case in Kansas City. Manny carried Michigan through the first half while the rest of the team looked a bit shell shocked before finishing the game down the stretch. Of course the biggest play of the game was Manny’s driving layup that essentially iced the game.
  • Purdue – 27 points, 8-15 (3-5 3pt) shooting, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
    He may not have even been the player of the game but this was as motivated and focused as I have seen Manny play throughout his career. Manny hit some huge three pointers in this one and got a little bit of revenge after his ejection in the first match-up with Purdue. It was tough to settle on two “shining moments” for Manny so I also put together an honorable mention list as well.
  • Honorable Mention: Penn State (28-6-7), at Northwestern (25 pts in 2nd half & OT), Oakland (13 assists, 1 turnover), Northeastern (26-10-8), Duke

Final Grade: A

There is no one more deserving of an ‘A’ than Manny. He was first team All-Big Ten and will likely be named the team MVP at tonight’s banquet. And while the season was not without a few black eyes, including the Iowa debacle, the Purdue ejection, a frustrating performance at Penn State, and a couple other no-shows. I think the only acceptable grade for Manny is an A when you consider that he led Michigan in minutes, points, rebounds (tied), assists, and steals this year.

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  • Come on Dylan, how long do we have to wait for Zack “Honky Magic” Gibson’s report card? And please post a vid of his sweet even-tho-it-didn’t-count pick and roll dunk against MSU. NCAA tournament aside, favorite single “did he just do that?” moment of the year for any player.

  • Going by year/age, we’ll get there.

  • emmekel

    “Honky Magic” is absolutely hilarious. Manny Fresh is the face of our program right now. He got benched at Iowa and said all the right things in the media and tried to put the team on his back when they needed him too. I hope he stays for 2 more years.

  • aaron

    serious question, after he leaves will his name be hung on a banner, jersey retied…something?

  • Kenny

    Well deserved A and I expect a A+ next year.

    Dylan, are you going to have Grady next or skip him all together?

  • bentley

    I think Manny, barring injury or an implosion, should have his jersey retired after next year. He will most likely surge into the top 10 in points and steals, while being a marquee player that turned the program around. I used to think Horton would be that guy, but now I feel as though it is definitely Manny.

  • No one is getting their jersey retired immediately after they graduate. Especially not next year?

  • ToBlav

    Jersey retired? That is way pre-mature. If he stays for both years and both he and the teams do memorable things then maybe after a 10 year wait.

  • Ken in Vegas has a blip that Manny and DeShawn are still thinking about going to the NBA. Any truth to this?

  • aaron

    i was thinking down the road, but i believe he has a very good shot, right now he’s an elite type player, not to mention he lead michigan to somehting that just last year was unthinkable, making the tourney

  • Paul

    If Deshawn and Manny leave you will hear a loud Noooooooooo! Coming from my place. Say it ain’t so?!!!!

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  • raiderfan

    No Ken, it is not true. Deshawn is definetly coming back, from his mouth, and Manny is just putting it off for a while. He is getting feedback and is hearing mostly late second round, which I can’t believe because in comparison to other players in the first round of most mock drafts, in my opinion he could be a lottery pick based on potential. But relax everyone, they both will be back next year.

  • Absolutely Dylan. Solid A. Manny carried this team many times this year. Next year he’ll be even better. So looking forward to it. Dang, when was the last time you looked forward to the next hoops season in April? What a great team.

  • Mith

    There is no way on God’s green earth that Manny Harris is a lottery pick right now. Come on, its not even close.

  • Okay, I’ll go ahead and be a little rain on the “A” parade. Dylan, I think you gave great analysis of Manny’s year. But then the grade didn’t reflect the negatives you identified.

    Sure, many of his negative from this year were due to the fact that he had to carry this team. But an “A” to me means he performed at a 93%+ level through the season. That just wasn’t quite the case, as you pointed out (shot selection, turnovers, no mid-range game).

    What am I saying? I think Manny did an “A-” job this year. He played great with little experience and talent around him. He carried the team much of the year. But he had some glaring holes in his performance and he has room for improvement. IMO we haven’t yet seen the best of Manny Harris as a college basketball player. So let’s have the grade reflect that there is better yet to come from Manny.

    FWIW: A-

  • mharris

    Dylan, I think it’s unrealistic to expect Manny to develop a mid-range game, but I think he can alleviate the defense always packing the paint by really developing his passing. If Manny can slash and dish on a regular basis our 3’s are going to start falling

  • Ichiro

    With a mid-range game Manny would be spectacular. I’d settle for him being able to drive to his left, though. Did you see how many times teams shaded him to the right? It seems like that’s the book on him now, so next year he needs to be able to go left.

  • Jack Tripper

    Manny couldn’t tuck his dress shirt in? WTF?